(YELLOWKNIFE) Friday, March 14, 2019 – Ms. Colette Langlois has been appointed as the Northwest Territories’ first Ombud. Ms. Langlois was raised in the NWT, and served nearly two decades with the Government of the Northwest Territories and Legislative Assembly. She holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Toronto, as well as a Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.
The Ombud promotes fairness in public administration and investigates complaints associated with all territorial government departments, agencies, authorities, boards and councils. The Ombud Act provides the legislative framework for the Ombud to investigate, review investigation results and decide on appropriate courses of action. An investigation can be commenced based on a complaint made by a person, group of persons, or on the Ombud’s own initiative.
The Ombud is an independent statutory officer of the Legislative Assembly, free from political influence. The Ombud reports to the Legislative Assembly through the Speaker with respect to the annual report, which is then reviewed by the Standing Committee on Government Operations. The Board of Management has the responsibility of reviewing the budget and operations of all statutory offices.
“Ms. Langlois is a longtime northerner and has years of experience that will allow her to be successful in introducing this new statutory office,” says Speaker Jackson Lafferty.
The appointment will take effect on April 8, 2019 and the office of the Ombud will be located in Hay River.
For more information, please contact:
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Legislative Assembly of the NWT
P: 867-767-9130 ext. 12017